|Rangers install warning signs about forest fires in central Ha Tinh Province's Hong Linh Forest. Central regions have raised the alarm over the high risk of forest fires created by prolonged hot and dry weather. – VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
HA NOI (VNS) — Prolonged hot and dry weather has prompted central localities to brace for forest fire.
A fire broke out at Ngu Binh Mountain in central Hue City last Tuesday, destroying thousands of square metres of forest. Another fire ruined around two hectares of natural forest in Tuy Phuoc District of Binh Dinh Province last Wednesday.
The Department of Forest Management warned that many areas in the central region had set the highest level of alert for forest fires, particularly in Ninh Thuan and Quang Ngai provinces, where any fire would spread rapidly.
Deputy head of the forest management department of Quang Ngai province Nguyen Dai said that in addition to raising public awareness, regular patrols and inspections would also be made.
The province is currently home to 250,000ha of forest, while Ninh Thuan province is home to 199,000ha. In Ninh Thuan, the deputy head of the forest management department said more than 100,000ha of forests set Level 5 warnings, the highest level.
The department has held three drills this year to strengthen local firefighters' skills, he said, in addition to spreading information about how to prevent forest fires.
A new regulation on forest fire prevention and control took effect in Quang Nam province yesterday. The regulation bans activities that can cause forest fires, such as burning fields and lighting fires in certain types of forests.
Meanwhile, the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Centre warned that severe hot weather would continue to hit the north and central regions in the next few days with temperatures soaring to 39 degrees Celsius.
Last year, nearly 250 fires were reported across the country, destroying 965 hectares of forest. — VNS